Saturday, 5 January 2013

Waxwings keep coming (and going)

9 Waxwing were at the junction of Waldridge Road and Whitehills Way early afternoon but I could not find the bigger flock either in the railway station or community hospital area earlier. Perhaps the flock has broken up.
Down at the river its still quiet with the water level so high and fast flowing only the Goosander seem to be able to feed in it. The Mute Swans, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen and Coot are all seemingly replying on being fed by the public. There are no Geese or Whopper Swan around at the moment
On the bend of the river north of the sewage works the two Common Seal were feeding quite successfully. I thought with the river being so high they might have tried making it back downstream to the sea, but seem happy to be staying around here. Considering how well they are feeding it not surprisingly really.
Nothing else around except for 2 decent groups of Long-tailed Tit and a few common ruderal plants in flower such as Oxford Ragwort and Dandelion.


  1. 50 Waxies at Grt Lumley church 2day

    are the Seals being seen regularly at that stretch ?

  2. Sorry Steve, I must check remember to check these comments on occasion. Yes the Seals are still being seen quite regularly. They are becoming a bit of a celebrity and in fact if you can't find them if you ask some of the dog walkers they will tell you where they last had them.